Tottenham Hotspur right-back Anton Walkes is playing his way towards a permanent Portsmouth contract, according to Pompey boss Kenny Jackett.
Walkes moved to Fratton Park on a half-season loan deal in January, and has yet to miss a single minute of Portsmouth's ensuing six fixtures, contributing to two goals in that time - one goal, one assist.
According to the Portsmouth News, Pompey have an option to sign the 21-year-old - whose Tottenham contract expires in June 2019 - on a full-time basis this summer.
Although it would appear that Jackett is keen to see if Walkes can maintain his early form before deciding whether or not to pursue a deal.
"Walkes has started the loan spell well," the 56-year-old told the Portsmouth News. "He’s probably had one poor game, which was against Southend when Shayon Harrison [another Tottenham loanee] got the better of him.
"But he has done well and it has been good for him. He has settled down in one position and shown good power both defensively and going forward. Hopefully he can build on that.
"The lad looks like he has the ability to play in the division. If you look at Dion Donohue on the other side, Walkes has hit the ground slightly quicker, although Dion has come up quickly.
"He has the flexibility to play one or two different positions as well, while at right-back gets forward a little bit more than perhaps Nathan Thompson.
"Walkes is from Lewisham, a South London boy, so Portsmouth is a big club for him and a big step but he is pleased to be here and has a very good attitude after a year in the MLS.
"England is where he wants to be and Portsmouth is a big chance for him. So far he has handled playing for Portsmouth okay.
"More games than not it looks like he has a good future. It is one which we will see towards the end of the season what our options are."
Walkes has only played 10 minutes of football for Tottenham, and faces tough competition from Serge Aurier, Kieran Trippier and Kyle Walker-Peters in his pursuit of a first team place at White Hart Lane.
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